HC Deb 05 February 1973 vol 850 cc12-3W
34. Mr. Strauss

asked the Attorney-General on how many occasions during the last two years individuals have been charged by the Director of Public Prosecutions with treason-felony to find on appearance in court, after a substantial period in prison on remand, that the charge has been withdrawn.

The Attorney-General

There has been one case, with three defendants. Other charges against the accused included seditious conspiracy, and uttering seditious words. At the trial, on the application of the prosecution, the counts of treason-felony were quashed. Two of the accused pleaded guilty to uttering seditious words and all three to offences under the Public Order Act. The count of seditious conspiracy remained on the file.